March 16, 2011

Georgetown Fends Off Hopkins for First Win

from press releases

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The No. 13 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad picked up its first win of the season in a 12-11 victory at Johns Hopkins University (4-2) Wednesday evening at Homewood Field. Georgetown came back in the final five minutes to get the win and improve to 1-3 on the season.

"There were things we could have done better, but I think we responded well," said head coach Ricky Fried. "We've had adversity at the beginning of the year and we've shown a lot of character having different people step up for us."

Trailing 10-9, sophomore Kelsi Bozel connected on a free position shot to tie it up late in the second half. Two minutes later, the Blue Jays answered on a goal by Rachel Ballatori to take a lead at 5:28.

The Hoyas came back strong, as senior captain Mary Beth Brophy found the back of the cage at 4:27 to tie it at 11 for the fifth tie of the contest. The dagger came at 3:23 when freshman Hannah Franklin scored an unassisted tally for the go-ahead goal which would eventually be the game winner.

Georgetown won the draw following Franklin's go-ahead goal, but a turnover by Kathleen Dwyer with 1:37 to play gave the Blue Jays back the ball. Cronin got a shot off with 1:05 to play, but missed the cage and the Blue Jays retained possession. Bozel then intercepted a pass from Colleen McCaffrey with 40 seconds left and Georgetown looked to run out the clock. Hoyas' goalie Barb Black was attempting to evade a pair of Blue Jays on a clear, but freshman Sarah Taylor seemingly set up the game-tying goal when she checked the ball from Black's stick and freshman Taylor D'Amore scooped up the ground ball and scored in an empty net. However, a foul was called on Taylor, Georgetown kept possession and was able to run out the clock.

The squads traded goals to start the contest and the Blue Jays jumped out to a two-goal lead at 10:08. Georgetown answered with a five-goal run to close out the half including two in the final two minutes. Senior captain Jordy Kirr paced the Hoyas with three goals in the run.

Georgetown went into the half leading, 7-4.

Hopkins cut it to one early in the second and eventually took the lead on a three goal run before the Hoyas managed to put it away for the 12-11 final.

Kirr led the squad with four goals while Brophy added two. The Blue & Gray outshot Hopkins, 31-24, and picked up 18 ground balls to JHU's 14. The Hoyas forced 14 turnovers while committing only nine. GU also had 14 draw controls. Eight players scored for the Blue & Gray. "It was a sound defensive game, we really took care of the ball on clears," said Fried.

Black recorded eight saves and picked up the victory in her first-career start.

Senior Brianna Cronin and McCaffrey paced Blue Jays with two goals apiece.

The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad travels to North Carolina for a 1 p.m. matchup with the No. 5 Tar Heels

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